Turnout Exceeds Expectations For Thanksgiving Bazaar

St. Bonifice Thanksgiving Bazaar

More than 1,400 people feasted on some of the best Thanksgiving foods Thursday at the 92nd annual St. Boniface Bazaar.

Lines extended out the front door of St. Boniface gymnasium from the moment the bazaar began through much of the time food was served.

Altogether, 1,254 dinners were served inside the gymnasium and another 160 carry-out meals were prepared for a total of 1,414 meals.

According to organizers, the total was 464 more meals than last year when the bazaar was held under icy conditions. The total was also 186 more than the number served two years ago.

“This year we served more than the four years since we’ve been just one meal,” according to Michele Reicks. “We think the people who couldn’t come last year because of the ice, were craving our meal for two years and weren’t going to miss it.”

Food Chairperson Sandy Kallhoff shared some numbers which reflect the increase in numbers from previous years.

She said 370 people were served with the first sitting, in 45 minutes.

She said the 160 carry outs were a record number when compared to previous years.

So how does it all break down?
• 43 turkeys
• 535 pounds of sausage
• 130 pounds of rib meat for sauerkraut
• 28 gallons of sauerkraut
• 12 batches of dressing
• 50 gallons of corn
• 13 gallons of cranberries
• 1,215 pieces of dessert
• 1,100 dinner rolls

Late that afternoon, raffle drawings were held. The grand prize, a Bose wave sound touch musical system, was won by Judsen Sehi. Logan Henn was the winner of the Yeti Tundra Cooler and Ice Paks. Carol Mescher’s name was drawn for the St. Boniface Quilter’s quilt.